We are really lucky to live in countries where people can vote to leave. There are not many places in the world where we give people the automatic assumption that it’s up to them if they want to belong or if they want to vote to go somewhere else. You can’t do it in Spain. You can’t do it in France. The fifty states of the US are constitutionally forbidden to withdraw from the union.
But Britons and Canadians are lucky to live in countries that do not want unwilling subjects. I think today, having voted to remain in the union, the majority of people in Scotland have reaffirmed what the UK stands for as a force for freedom, along with the other English speaking peoples down the ages.
—Daniel Hannan in an interview on a Canadian talk radio program on Sept. 19, 2014.
I’m sure I don’t agree with his politics, but I think the bit about being privileged to hold referendums of this kind is important.